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Old 09-09-2015, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I believe driverless cars will be fine. Look at all the massive screwups that human drivers make -- getting on freeways going the wrong way, driving a bus off a bridge, texting while wiping out entire families, getting drunk, road rage, you name it.
How will driverless cars deal with human drivers that are doing those activities?
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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Driverless cars don't have to be perfect, They just have to be better then Humans.


I could see it working well for the "Last Mile" , You get off @ a (Sometype of Rail, BRT) station, get in to the next Driverless car in the Queue, and go, From your smartphone, you have told it where you want to go.

It drop you off, It goes back into available queue, Maybe it goes to a nearby staging lot, and re-charges, or goes back to the station and gets in queue there.

Load Management software should be able to over time manage where the cars sits, when non in use. Maybe for a "Cheaper" rate, you can allow it to do a Inroute pickup to/from station.
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:59 PM
 
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How will driverless cars deal with human drivers that are doing those activities?
Well, they should be able to detect and avoid those errors a lot faster than human drivers.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:05 PM
 
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How will driverless cars deal with human drivers that are doing those activities?
This is, and will continue to be the biggest hurdle. The transition from cars with drivers to cars without drivers. Not to mention the human desire to be in control and the privacy/big brother concerns that giving up control entails.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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Not to mention the human desire to be in control ....
I get the impression that many drivers just barrel along on autopilot, texting, yakking on their cell phones, stuffing their face with cheeseburgers, bopping to the stereo, and so forth.
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Old 09-09-2015, 02:01 PM
 
Location: City of Trees
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You still have to pay for gas, so...
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Valdosta (Atlanta Native)
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MARTA is still gonna be the cheaper option for many people even after driverless cars become mainstream. And good luck trying to find parking during major events.
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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Yup. There will always be new technologies that make older technologies less relevant. I don't think driverless cars will replace the existing public transit system, but I do think that the resulting improved condition of freeway traffic will slow the expansion of existing public transit systems. Sorta akin to ‹ber and the legacy cab operators. Just my opinion, of course.
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Old 09-09-2015, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Just outside of McDonough, Georgia
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Yup. There will always be new technologies that make older technologies less relevant. I don't think driverless cars will replace the existing public transit system, but I do think that the resulting improved condition of freeway traffic will slow the expansion of existing public transit systems. Sorta akin to ‹ber and the legacy cab operators. Just my opinion, of course.
Well, LRT systems anyway. Largely off of cost concerns, HRT systems haven't been doing much expansion lately; it's hard to slow expansion of something that isn't expanding.

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Old 09-09-2015, 06:11 PM
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I don't see driverless cars being significant anytime soon. Like during the effective lifetime of any transit infrastructure added.

There are hacking and liability issues that are far bigger problems than the technical aspect of making the car work.
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